Dog found with rotten leg that was ‘practically hanging off’

An investigation has been launched after a dog was found with a rotten leg that was "practically hanging off".

The RSPCA launched the probe after a terrier was discovered with bite wounds and rushed to a vet.

Injured eight-year-old Maggie was taken to RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre on August 11, reports Cambridgeshire Live.

She was transferred to the centre in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire after being handed into a vet surgery.

RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher, who is now investigating, said: "Maggie was handed into a vet surgery by someone who left false details.

"She is microchipped but the registered details lead to a Wales address where no one seems to know who she is.”

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When staff at the centre initially examined Maggie – believed to be a border terrier cross Staffordshire bull terrier – they suspected she’d been in a fight with another dog. She couldn’t stand and was extremely sick.

Sally Jones, manager at Block Fen said: "Poor Maggie was covered in bite wounds and, most upsetting, her front right leg was rotten and barely attached to her body; it was practically hanging off.

"Her wounds had straw in them and were badly infected. Her whole body was hot, swollen and bruised. It was a hot day and the smell was absolutely overwhelming.

"It’s the worst smell I’ve ever come across in my 20-year career at the RSPCA."

She went on: "It is beyond my comprehension how anyone could allow a living creature to get into the mess that poor Maggie was in and, I have to say, she was in such a bad way I was stunned when our vet team said they thought they could save her life."

It was touch and go for the little dog.

Her leg was amputated and she was given medication to help her fight the infection.

"It has been a complicated process but, throughout all of this, Maggie hasn't once complained," Sally added.

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"She’s clearly a little fighter. She has tolerated dressing changes and other veterinary procedures and has been a joy to care for throughout.

"The day she first got up onto her legs by herself was fantastic, we were so excited. She has overcome so much and is adjusting to life with three legs really well. She wags her tail to greet people and really loves a belly rub and a fuss!"

Maggie will stay at Block Fen for some time while she recovers and the RSPCA investigates what happened to her.

Mel, who is looking into Maggie’s background, said: "We’d appeal to anyone who may recognise little Maggie or who knows where she’s come from or who is responsible for allowing her to get into such a state to contact us by calling our appeal line on 0300 123 8018."

Block Fen is appealing for donations to help towards the cost of Maggie’s care, so far £1,817 has been raised for centre. You can find out more and donate here.

Maggie isn’t yet ready for rehoming. The RSPCA is asking that people do not contact the centre to ask about Maggie as you could prevent an emergency call from getting through.

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